The Patent-Motorwagen might have started everything, but it’s the Beetle that popularized cars for the masses. Initially developed in Nazi Germany by Ferdinand Porsche, the Beetle was a car designed for the people. When Volkswagen launched it, it was by far the most affordable car on the market.
The Beetle was simple mechanically, yet supremely reliable. After WWII, the Beetle continued to rise in popularity. Interestingly, at that time, the Beetle was the car of choice for the counter-culture – hippies loved it. Thanks to its popularity, Volkswagen continued to produce the Beetle in Mexico until 2003. The Beetle is one of the best-selling cars of all time, with 21,529,464 models produced overall.